“Pianopop to nose curling. Amanda Rogers bundles together grand traditions of the concept album. First of all we’ll get it out of the way, the tradition of uncompromising Do It Yourself…The part of the concept, somehow, the act of violence and love and shame and dreams of revenge. The hippie forest woman becomes the whiskey imagined gun lady of light to dark jazzy Klavier-pop. “When I get your heart, I’ll break it / When I get your heart, I’ll tear it apart.” 16 Songs on this seventh album of the American world traveler – long, despite the overarching story held together wild and free as ever, especially with Rogers’ stubborn, beautiful voice. The old-fashioned breathe tilts, then tips into crystal-clear highs echoing tales of pain and defiant hope. All the whirring piano is reminiscent not only of pre-war dramas, but also to the great serious singer / songwriters of the 90s – Suzanne Vega, Sinead O’Connor, Wonderwall… Hope From The Forgotten Woods could be a jerky black and white”

– Britta Helm, Visions Magazine (May 09, 2012)

“Mrs. Rogers’ music shows confidence in the fragile balance between casual and intimate piano ballads and upbeat numbers that besides Tori Amos, with whom she is constantly compared, also has at least half of Tom Waits in it. Amanda’s wide-ranging self-therapy also does the listener good in an unobtrusive way.”

– Christoph Kutzer, Piranha (T.V.) (May 01, 2012)

“Wonderful songs and with respect, a great pianist. A very highly recommended album [Hope From The Forgotten Woods]”

– wasser-prawda, Paperblog (May 15, 2012)

“[Hope From The Forgotten Woods] starts with Glen Hansard-esque harmonies, but, then, enters Rogers’ pretty piano ballads somewhere between Elton John and Joanna Newsom.”

– Rolling Stone DE, Rolling Stone Magazine (May 01, 2012)

“The latest record from Amanda Rogers, titled Heartwood, sounds like a bit of an awakening. This new record from the indie pop singer / songwriter offers a livelier out-of-the-gloom experience than her previous works. This is perhaps the perfect album to introduce Amanda Rogers to someone who has not yet heard of her music. My favorite tracks: Drive, Endless Saturday, Hibernating, This Beauty, Cabin Muse, Fate’s Northern Shore, Operator, and Ghost Of You.” HEARTWOOD listed as one of KGRL’s Best Albums Of 2008.”

– KGRL, KGRL (Radio) (Jan 01, 2009)

“With Amanda’s seasoned skill as a world-class pianist and her natural instinct for melody and lyrics, she will captivate any audience and “may just restore your faith in singer/songwriters.” ”

– Caroline B., My Bonnie And Clyde, (Feb 14, 2005)

““Amanda Rogers – Heartwood: Sweet and smooth songwriting has never been so cute. Ms. Rogers takes her sound in a more upbeat direction and the results are superbly heartwarming” #27 of Top 100 albums”

– Katarokkar, Katarokkar (Blog) (Jan 01, 2009)

““By far [Heartwood is] her best album, every track is simply a joy to listen to combining quality songwriting, Amanda’s pretty but never bland vocals, skillful piano, and sensible guitars and strings that never overpower the rest of the music. It’s simply a triumph of “indie pop” music, and definitely one of this year’s absolute must listen albums. Strongly recommended to anyone who doesn’t mind their music a bit on the lighter side, and anyone who is a fan of Rogers’ previous releases should love it.” #4 top record of 2008”

– Pacdan, Eternal Wanderer (Aug 01, 2008)

“Quiet and somber melodies with introspective lyrics and ethereal instrumentals create an exciting dynamic that Rogers excels at. One can see why she brings audiences to a still awareness and complete hush, as she dazzles the listeners who give her their full attention. Her sense of direction in each song, from the romantic “Sophia” to the dreamy “The End” seem to always flow, as she possesses to unique gift to write songs that transition with great ease, with a beautiful ebb and dance. Truly a remarkable artist, her breathtaking songs carry the people in the room with her, rising above to a higher atmosphere of musical bliss in rainbow clouds. There is quite a memorable and dark feel of dissonance on the sad “Vacancy,” displaying her classically trained artistry on piano, with soft and silky chord rolls. Daily News is quite an exceptional effort by a brilliant female singer/artist and should be placed up there as one of the truly best releases by a female songwriter

– Shawn M. Haney, Musical Discoveries (Apr 01, 2004)

“There is a bit of ‘Amelie’ in Amanda Rogers’ music. It is a somewhat quirky world of sound with a lot of piano and a delicate, fragile voice: ‘Serenade’ is cast in such a sad piece of piano solos but from time to time straddles electrified guitars in the song, bursting purely a whistle: Then Rogers shifts towards a rock sound, with ‘Tiger Lily Hill’ which sound is reminiscent of the Counting Crows. But in the forgotten forests of piano, there are glades: the middle of the album lightens the mood a little. As Amanda Rogers whispered a ‘Ms. X with a seductive voice conspiratorially,”Awhoo, whoo, awhoowoowoo”. So simple are the words with which the songwriter describes her inner life, but only rarely. Nestled in often wildly poetic excursions into a virtuoso piano performance that exposes her musical role models: ‘Hope From The Forgotten Woods’ echoes the unequal older colleagues Tori Amos and Kate Bush.”

– Nina Hortig, Monsters And Critics (Blog) (May 17, 2012)

“When others were still busy trying to make their musical role models identified, the 17-year-old Amanda Rogers already released her first album. That was in 1999. Today, the New York songwriter has a variety of musical metamorphoses behind her. She played solo darkly weighty jazz, and along with Mike Matta as The Pleasants – forest and meadow folk developed, but generally rather light towards indie pop. Yet in itself can not solve Amanda Rogers of the sadness. ‘Hope From The Forgotten Woods speaks a language most melancholic.”

– Nina Hortig, Monsters And Cristics (Blog) (May 17, 2012)

“What do you connect with Amanda Rogers: flowers, piano, hippies, long hair, trees, vegan lifestyle. What you can not connect with Amanda Rogers: mass murderer… And yet such is the focus of her new album… Do not worry. Amanda is Amanda and remains, only the texts of the 16 new songs were darker. Still it is to play this magical, yet gentle swinging piano style, to tunes that have gone through all the good old-school Beatles, and her distinctive voice, which culminates in particular in the accompanying two-part passages themselves. Yo single out individual songs is difficult, but “Serenade,” recalls not only by name to “waltz”, it is so rousingly catchy as the songs of Amanda’s first album.”

–, Dear You Weurzburg (Blog) (May 09, 2012)

“I like listening to most music with good over the ear style headphones, but Amanda’s especially because it feels like the harmonies and music wrap around me…. I can listen to Amanda’s albums over and over without becoming tired of them. To me that is the hallmark of a great album… Amanda has a voice that can be strong and confident and frail and wispy when required – it is quite beautiful… like a phoenix, Amanda has emerged from the ashes stronger and radiant. ”

– Michael Hulsebus, Great Bands You Prolly Never Heard Of (blog) (Apr 01, 2012)

“[Hope From The Forgotten Woods] is very sad melancholic music with sweet melodies, full of passion, pain and gloom, but also liberation and courageousness. Amanda’s tender, elfin voice is reminiscent of Heather Nova – with a deep inner voice that leaves a pleasant shiver down your spine. Hope From The Forgotten Woods combines light and darkness, joy and sorrow, hope and fear. She has always been honest – exposing herself, and cannot help but to let emotions run wild.”

– Simone Bösche, Classic Rock Magazine (May 06, 2012)

“On her latest release “Hope From The Forgotten Woods”, Amanda Rogers brings together intimacy, intensity and expression and beckons you to dedicate your time to each song and as a whole album. Freed from all constraints, she plays and sings [the songs] in a frenzy. “Hope…” is a treat Female Singer-Songwriter album – a reduced mix of blues, jazz, folk and pop. Extremely independent. No copy, no leaning on other musicians. Amanda Rogers is herself, comparisons are no longer needed. Rather, others must now be judged by her.”

– Thomas Stone, Hurricane Bar (May 01, 2012)

“in regards to song “The Taming Of The Lonely One” from her album Hope From The Forgotten Woods, “A beguiling song from an amazing album: peppy, with a catchy, happy melody. Yet still Darkness lurks between the lines. Amanda Rogers takes the listener on a disturbing journey into the forgotten forests and leads them back into the daylight. And all this in a song.””

– Sasche S., Eclipsed Rock Magazine (May 01, 2012)

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